Tar Pit,” the first episode of Land of the Lost’s (1974 – 1976) second season is elegant simplicity.
When even that effort proves fruitless, the Marshalls camp out at the tar pit by night to be with Dopey during his last moments of life. It’s a very human touch, and the idea, of course, is a didactic one: compassion.
I watched this episode with my five year old son, Joel, and he found it legitimately uncomfortable, and a little frightening that Dopey might die. And indeed, that’s the very point of this installment; that the (presumably young) audience must countenance and accept the idea of a pet’s death.